HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a former Houston police officer has been charged with assault for kicking a man after shooting him twice for attempting to burglarize his home.
The Harris County district attorney’s office said in a statement that a grand jury indicted
Bruce Johnson on Thursday on a count of assault and also tampering with evidence.
Authorities say a security company alerted Johnson in February of suspicious activity at his home. Johnson was off-duty, but in uniform, when he confronted Derek Carr.
Johnson shot Carr once in the back and once in the elbow. Cellphone video captured by a witness showed Johnson kicking Carr as he lay on the ground.
Johnson also is accused of hindering the investigation by moving a tool used in the burglary.
He has since retired from the force.